College Football Notes – Jan. 30, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
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Texas A&M had $200 million-plus in 2017 revenue per the recent NCAA financial reports…Auburn athletics reported a school-record $147.5 million in revenue for fiscal year 2017…Alabama football alone netted $46 million for athletics and the University. The entire athletics’ program brought in $176 million in 2017 revenue.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 29-Feb. 4 time period are Jan. 29 (1896) Edwin “Goat” Hale, Jackson, Miss.; (1927) Arnold Galiffa, Donora, Pa.; (1945) Jim Donnan, Laurens, S.C.; Jan. 30 (1925) Bump Elliott, Detroit, Mich.; (1923) Frank “Muddy” Waters, Chico, Ga.; Jan. 31 (1909) Bert Metzger, Chicago, Ill.; (1913) Don Hutson, Pine Bluff, Ark.; (1913) Wayne Millner, Roxbury, Mass.; (1938) Chris Burford, Oakland, Calif.; (1953) Roosevelt Leaks, Brenham, Texas; Feb. 1 (1908) Albie Booth, New Haven. Conn.; (1915) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Ruple, La.; Feb. 2 (1945) Loyd Phillips, Ft. Worth, Texas; Feb. 3 (1938) Joe Fusco, Wilkinsburg, Pa.; (1940) Fran Tarkenton, Richmond, Va.; (1945) Bob Griese, Evansville, Ind.; (1956) John Jefferson, Dallas, Texas; Feb. 4 (1933) Leo Lewis, Des Moines, Iowa; (1940) Billy Neighbors, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1960) Tom Deery, Oaklyn, N.J.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Jan. 29 (1970) Gus Welch, Bedford, Va.; Jan. 31 (1945) Al Blozis, Vosges Mountains, France; Feb. 3 (1968) Homer Hazel, Marshall, Mich.; (2006) Johnny Vaught, Oxford, Miss.; Feb. 4 (1962) Pat O’Dea, San Francisco, Calif.; (2010) Bill Dudley, Lynchburg, Va.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 29 Jim Donnan, Jan. 30 Bump Elliott (a spry 93), Jan. 31 Chris Burford, Roosevelt Leaks, Feb. 2 Loyd Phillips, Feb. 3 Joe Fusco, Fran Tarkenton, Bob Griese, John Jefferson, Feb. 4 Tom Deery…
Coastal Carolina and Liberty will square off in 2013 and ’24…Brigham Young and Arizona will open their 2018 seasons on Sept. 1. BYU, Louisiana Tech and USF also have scheduled future …Indiana and Indiana State will face off in 2025 and ’27…Hawai’i and New Mexico State have a new, two-game series in 2020 and ’21, and the Rainbow Warriors established playing dates for tilts against Arizona State Sept. 19, 2026, and hosting Portland State Sept. 4, 2021. UH also will play a second series game after meeting Duquesne this year with a bout at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium Sept. 10, 2022…Last month TCU became the only athletics program in football, men’s basketball and baseball to manage Top 15 natonal rankings in 2017.
Air Force is seeking to reschedule several postponed events from Jan. 20-22 after the government shutdown was rescinded Jan. 22…Mansfield (Texas) HS head coach Daniel Mayberry has begun treatment for cancer.
The impact of new head coach Scott Frost elevated Nebraska’s national recruiting rating for 2018 from 59th to 18th…Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the CFP-winning Crimson Tide have been honored with several Tuscaloosa area celebrations since early January after taking the national title…Alabama named Jeff Banks named special teams coordinator and Karl Scott defensive backs coach…Former Penn State assistant Josh Gattis will join Alabama as receivers coach/co-offensive coordinator… New Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin already is featured on billboards statewide…Colorado has added Ashley Ambrose as cornerbacks coach…Former Georgia Southern head coach Tyson Summers has accepted a staff position with Georgia football…Louisville defensive coordinator Peter Simon will not return for the ’18 campaign…Michigan State named Paul Haynes defensive backs coach and Mike Tressel defensive coordinator…New Mexico named former Arizona assistant coach Calvin Magee offensive coordinator…Oklahoma State is bringing on former Montana head coach Bob Stitt as and offensive analyst…Purdue’s 2017 co-offensive coordinator/tight ends/special teams coach and former Houston head coach Tony Levine is leaving to work with another program…Southern California formally named Keary Colbert tight ends coach…Former Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty is returning to his alma mater as offensive quality control coach…Troy has chosen Matt Moore and Sean Reagan as co-offensive coordinators…UTSA tabbed Al Borges as offensive coordinator…Highly-successful head coach Hal Wasson of Southlake (Texas) Carroll HS has taken a leave of absence from his position…Chattanooga named Davern Williams defensive line coach…Penn State selected Ja’Juan Selder as running backs coach, Sean Spencer as associate head coach and David Corley wide receivers coach…Recently hired Texas A&M assistant coach Jerry Montgomery has decied to return to the NFL Green Bay Packers…Oklahoma hired Shane Beamer, son of 2018 NFF College Hall of Fame coach inductee Frank Beamer, as assistant head coach for offense and special teams…Kansas State added Andre Coleman as offensive coordinator and Charlie Dickey and Collin Klein as co-offensive coordinators (Klein als will serve as quarterbacks coach) in a new coaching lineup for ’18…Brown named Kevin Decker offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and Chris Zarkoskie offensive line coach…Former Air Force defensive coordinator Steve Russ accepted a position with a NFL team…Arkansas offensive coordinator Joe Craddock inked a three-year contract…Terms of the contracts of Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, wide receivers coach James Coley and offensive line coach Sam Pittman were revealed last week…Georgia Tech named Jerome Riase defensive line coach…Kansas tabbed Bill Miller as a defensive assistant…Kansas State defensive coordinator Tom Hayes is retiring…LSU athletics released salary figures for offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and other coaching staff members…Former Oklahoma State defensive analyst Brian Van Gorder will be the 2018 defensive coordinator at Louisville…Louisiana Tech assistant coach Kevin Curtis is coming to SMU f as cornerbacks coach…Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher completed his assistant coaching staff with the addition of Elijah Robinson as defensive line coach after Bradley Dale Peveto (linebackers), Maurice Linguist (cornerbacks) and Jerry Schmidt (strength and conditioning) were made official…Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin is close to finalizing his 2018 coaching staff…Connecticut named Frank Giufre offensive line coach…Nebraska introduced fours of its newest assistants at halftime of a basketball contest at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena…Northern Arizona added Robin Pflugrad as offensive coordinator…Ohio head coach Frank Solich has brought in new assistant coaches Bart Miller (offensive line) and Tremayne Scott (defensive tackles) for the 2018 campaign…Longtime Alabama assistant coach Bobby Williams has become tight ends coach at Oregon. Bama also added Dan Enos as associate head coach/quarterbacks coach and Karl Scott as defensive backs coach…One of Arizona’s latest hires is offensive line coach Iona Ulagalelei…Former Notre Dame assistant coach Keith Gilmore is headed for Colorado State as defensive line coach…Florida named Larry Scott tight ends coach…Former Illinois defensive line coach Mike Phair has accepted post with the NFL Indianapolis Colts…Iowa State named Nate Scheelhaase as running backs coach…Old Dominion chose John Allen as wide receivers coach…Oklahoma added Damon Magazu added as a graduate assistant football coach…Oregon football updated details for the contracts of assistant coaches Cort Dennison and Aaron Feld…San Jose State named former Oregon State offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven to its spring coaching staff.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Tennessee State: Rod Reed, Marshall, Texas; Tennessee Tech: Dewayne Alexander, Cookeville, Tenn.; Texas: Tom Herman, Cincinnati, Ohio; Texas A&M: Jimbo Fisher, Clarksburg, W.Va.; Texas Southern: Michael Haywood, Houston, Texas.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Tennessee director of athletics Phillip Fulmer seeks to continue to Volunteers tradition of key games at neutral sites for national exposure…Mark Hollis has stepped down as director of athletics at Michigan State, and MSU president Dr. Lou Anna Simon and faculty representative for athletics Dr. Sue Carter retired last week…Alabama associate AD for football Ed Marynowitz will not return for the 2018 season…Clemson AD Dan Radakovich expressed possibilities about expanding the College Football Playoff to eight teams…Buffalo named Kathy Twist interim AD…Longtime Clemson publicist and CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Tim Bourret will retire after almost 40 years in his position…Former UTSA AD Lynn Hickey was named interim AD at Eastern Washington…BYU AD Tom Holmoe noted the fine start Cougars teams had in January 2018…Houston named David Tagliarino deputy AD…Illinois AD Josh Whitman extended wishes of confidence to head football coach Lovie Smith and men’s basketball head coach Brad Underwood…The Dallas Morning News featured SMU AD Rick Hart, the school’s fast process in hiring new head football coach Sonny Dykes and final floor plans for the Mustangs new indoor football practice and training facility.
Conference USA has released its entire 2018 slate with conference activity commencing Sept. 8. C-USA also is returning its postseason 2018 baseball tournament to Biloxi, Miss…The Missouri Valley Conference has placed its postseason 2018 basketball tourney tickets on sale. This also is the record, 28th consecutive year in which St. Louis, Mo., has hosted the event…The Big East Conference denoted most of its spring 2018 events on the Big East Digital Network webstreaming…Research by the IFRA and Goodyear Cotton Bowl media team indicates records for FBS conferences in the 59 games played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, since the facility opened in August 2009. Following is the FBS loop-by-loop mark since ’09 at the facility:
SEC 18-9
Big 12 13-18
Big Ten 5-5
Independents 2-1
ACC 1-0
Pac-12 1-6
MAC 0-1
DII-DIII-NAIA Members: 19-19
The groups also researched conference marks by 2018 configurations at Cotton Bowl Stadium and Fair Park Stadium are (interestingly the Mid-American Conference established in 1946 is the lone NCAA FBS circuit not having a team playing in the historic facilities):
ACC – 12-11-0
American Athletic – 92-108-5
Big 12 – 145-141-12
Big Ten – 7-10-1
C-USA – 12-18-0
FBS Independents – 14-3-0
MAC – 0-0-0
MWC – 4-10-1
Pac-12 – 7-4-0
SEC – 64-57-5
Sun Belt – 0-2-0
All Other Divisions, Non-FBS Conferences – 89-100-11
The CAA also captured its seventh NCAA FCS title since 1998 earlier this month before North Dakota State edged No. 1 national seed James Madison of that league for the Bison’s sixth NCAA Division I football crown in the last seven years…The Mountain West Conference has been weighing future football options at winter meetings.
The 37 current bowl games besides the three College Football Playoff semifinals and championship contest have begun accounting and paperwork to renew their NCAA approval for the post-2018 era.
Former Michigan standout Tom Brady is playing in his seventh Super Bowl since 2003 for the NFL AFC New England Patriots Sunday in Minneapolis…Nebraska football alumni have continued a collegiate record of having at least one player in the NFL Super Bowl for 25 consecutive years from 1994-2018…Civil rights pioneer in Southeastern Conference integration Perry Wallace has been named posthumously as the 2017 Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
Nevada’s possibly oldest super fan to near-centenarian Nine DeVore is getting kudos as she approaches her 100th birthday…North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has been a major supporter of ticket sales for North Carolina Tar Heels athletics in 2017-18…South Carolina athletics has received national recognition for its commitment to Title IX and gender equity if athletics…Georgia has proposed a football ticket price adjustment in 2018 for consideration by the UGA Athletics Board…College athletics teams are studying the possible challenges of new federal tax laws and stadium priority seating…Memphis’ first phase of the new indoor football practice facility will be completed in spring 2019…Texas Tech’s new track arena and practice facility has drawn kudos from all quarters…Illinois athletics is working to bolster interest and ticket sales for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball through updated marketing and promotional events…Adidas had a major presence in sponsorship and visibility at the annual Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last week. Representatives from all NFL teams and 20-plus All-America standouts were showcased in the 69th annual all-star fracas…Arizona athletics has upgraded several facilities, including the Terry Francona Hitting Center, in time for spring seasons…Miami (Fla.) and head coach Mark Richt are eyeballing the football program’s new indoor practice facility and its strength and conditioning amenities…Former Texas Tech offensive lineman Cody Campbell has made a “significant” monetary gift (the amount was not denoted) for the Red Raiders South End Zone Jones AT&T Stadium and football training facility…Texas athletics’ new $20 million Texas Tennis Center has opened…The new Las Vegas NFL and UNLV football stadium will have much the same design and amenities as Minneapolis’ Super Bowl LII hosting stadium.
CAA Offensive Player of the Year Richmond QB Kyle Laeuletta passed for 198 yards to lead the North over the South 45-16 in the 69th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala….The seven finalists for the 2017 Vince Lombardi Award presented by the Heisman Foundation are RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama; QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville; LB-QB Joel Lanning, Iowa State; RB Bryce Love, Stanford; and QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma. The winner will be announced in a presentation at Houston, Texas. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was the ’17 Lombardi National Coach of the Year…Four of the nine Florida football student-athletes accused of credit card fraud have been returned to full playing status for ’18…Stanford QB Keller Chryst will become a senior graduate transfer in 2018, and Tennessee is on the list of possibilities. Remaining Cardinal QBs for spring workouts are redshirt freshman Davis Mills, returning starter K.J. Costello and incoming freshman Jack West for fall drills…Delaware LB Colby Reeder is set for a solid round of spring workouts after garnering 2017 CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year honors…Florida State QB Deondre Francois has returned to full status for upcoming spring practice after a local episode.
Longtime ESPN and BTN broadcaster Dave Revsine is battling some health issues that have kept him off the air in recent weeks but is recovering…The Athletic online publication has offered 2018 New Year’s special for subscriptions and special issues for prospective readers…Cody Kellner of the Kellner Football Index and an adviser to the College Football Playoff appeared on the last two editions of the popular College Sports Weekly national radio sports program…Cincinnati Bearcats longtime radio analyst Chuck Machock is winding down his long career…Former Texas football standout and radio sideline commentator Quan Cosby will be joining 2018 Texas baseball radio broadcasts as a commentator.
At the recent FWAA Outland Trophy banquet Bob Mancuso of the Greater Omaha Sports Committee and columnist Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald and FWAA greeted 2017 Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver of Houston…Lenny Reich of Mt. Union, Herb Vincent of the Southeastern Conference, Joshua Darling of Clayton State, Kevin Smith of Wooster, Beau White of CoSIDA, Kevin Gilmore of Cal State Monterey Bay, and Jim Howell of Grand Canyon were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…The USBWA unveiled its midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy…The NCAA is considering Division II membership for some colleges and universities internationally in Mexico…The NCAA has sent an official letter of inquiry to Michigan State athletics… The NCAA also is conducting investigations concerning Connecticut athletics and hopes to have findings soon…The recent TCU-Vanderbilt basketball game evoked memories of NFF tri-founder Grantland Rice. The venerable Rice, an 1898 Vanderbilt grad and later head baseball coach at VU, wrote a poem and song commemorating TCU’s 1935 national championship drive in football. The lyrics and music are posted in the TCU Football Hall of Fame exhibit at Amon Carter Stadium.
2018-19 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s Six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game, 3:30 or 7:30 p.m.
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Lakes, Fla., Semifinal Game, 3:30 or 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 7 – CFP National Championship, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., 8 p.m.
Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2017-18 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Monday, Jan. 31 – Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, TBD
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., TBD
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, TBD

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